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Second annual Lindenhurst craft fair to benefit local park

The second annual Village of Lindenhurst Craft Fair will take place Saturday.

The fair benefits improvements to Lt. Edward Weckerle Memorial Park, which residents say needs repairs and upgrades.

Last year, a resident who lives near the park, Kristin Fusaro, began a petition drive that collected 600 signatures asking the village to tend to the park, which residents complained had splintered benches and was littered with broken beer bottles and trash. With a largely sand surface, the park was also not friendly to the elderly and those with disabilities, residents said.

Fusaro organized the first craft fair last year, netting $2,835. This year’s money will be added to that haul to bring in amenities such as picnic tables, benches and garbage cans. The park was recently designated to receive $100,000 of a $250,000 grant obtained by state Sen. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), which will be used to install new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant play equipment and a rubber safety surface.

In addition to dozens of handmade crafters and representatives from companies, the fair will feature bounce houses, face painting and other activities for children, as well as food trucks and raffles.

The fair will take place at the village square on North Wellwood and East Hoffman avenues from noon to 5 p.m., with a rain date on Sunday. Admission and parking are free.


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